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RCHS seniors art nets fair honors
She turns ceramic lemon into blue ribbon
Brianne Marr, a senior at Ripon Christian High School, stands next to her quilt entry at the San Joaquin Fair which won first place and Best in Division ribbons at the San Joaquin County Fair. - photo by ROSE ALBANO RISSO

STOCKTON — Usually, third time’s the charm for people who throw their hats in a competition or game of chance.

For Ripon Christian High School senior Brianne L. Marr’s experience at this year’s San Joaquin County Fair, her lucky charm fell on her lap the first time. And not just once, but twice.

Her quilt entry earned a First Place blue ribbon and another ribbon for Best in Division. In the ceramics division, her life-sized creation of a ripe lemon with a single leaf also got the judges’ nod for first place. Both are on display in the Youth Home Arts 9th thru 12th-grade Division exhibits.

The ceramics is a class project at Ripon Christian. The quilt was a personal creation made through Kids In Stitches, a home-based class offered by Mantecan Cindy Hall at her home.

“I made it to be used like a lap quilt,” said the Ripon Christian student about her very first quilt creation which she gave as a Christmas gift to her grandmother.

But her grandmother thought the gift was too nice to be used simply as a utilitarian thing, so she made it into a wall hanging, said a happy Marr.

She actually started the quilt with a pattern given by her quilting teacher. But she lost the pattern and decided to improvise. The result is a quilt made of 20 colors, 18 of them just for the pattern alone.

The Farmington-raised Ripon Christian student’s interest is not just in quilting and ceramics. She would like to have her own flower shop someday and would like to go on to college and pursue her studies in that field.

“That’s why I’m looking at the plants and flowers,” she said Wednesday as she browsed through the bonsai, flowers, and other garden entries in the horticulture building.

The county fair will run through this weekend daily from noon to 11 p.m.